posted on Oct, 23 2008 @ 06:39 PM
Most people are unaware that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) prior to 1970 was formerly and aptly named the Communicable
Disease Center. My father was a research physicist who worked for CDC all throughout the 60s. Spending time in his laboratory as a child, I always
made the joke that skull and crossbones were my favorite friends growing up. Unfortunately, my dad died from lung cancer, even though he never smoked
a day in his life. I dare say it was caused from long-term toxic exposure.
Some history first: In 1942, the Office of Malaria Control in War Areas (MCWA) was established to create a national organization to keep more than
six hundred bases and essential war-industrial establishments in the southern United States malaria-free. In 1946 the MCWA established the
Communicable Disease Center with a facility located on Oatland Island, just outside of Savannah, GA. The agency's purpose was to gather physicians,
entomologists, and engineers in the battle against a wide range of infectious health risks. In its initial years, over 6.5 million homes were sprayed
with DDT, their primary weapon against malaria, and an early organization chart was even drawn in the shape of a mosquito. In 1951, the Epidemic
Intelligence Service was established to help protect against biological warfare and man-made epidemics. In 1952, the U.S. Surgeon General
reported that the Communicable Disease Center was ready to combat possible biological warfare. All throughout the 60's experiments were conducted on
transmission of infectious diseases by various insects (primarily mosquitoes and flies) but also their use as carriers of toxins. In 1970, the group
was renamed the Center for Disease Control (CDC) with headquarters in Atlanta. Still CDC, but with a much more benign name.
If you want some validation to their experiments, here is a partial list of published papers from that era:
Radioactive Tagging of Culex quinquefaciatus (Say) with P-32; Mosquito News, Vol. 19, No. 3, 1959.
The Effect of Known Repeated Oral Doses of DDT in Man., J. Am. Med. Assoc., Vol. 162, Oct. 27, 1956.
Tagging of Adult Houseflies and Flesh Flies with Radioactive phosphorus, Journal of Tropical Medicine, Vol. 31, No. 4, 1951.
A Mechanical System for Dispensing Known Amounts of Insecticidal Vapours, Bull. Wld. Hlth. Org., 24, 619-622, 1961.
Dosage-Mortality Response of Musca Domestica (Common House Fly) Exposed to DDVP Vapour; Bull. Wld, Hlth. Org., 24, pp. 643-644, 1961.
Dosage-Mortality Response of Anopheles Quadrimaculatus (Mosquito) Exposed to DDVP Vapours, Bull. Wld. Hlth. Org., 24, 644-646, 1961.
Insectical Vapors for Aircraft Disinsection; Bull. Wld. Hlth. Org., 24, pp. 611-16, 1961.
Prior to his death, my dad starting dictating for a book about his experiences at CDC. Unfortunately, I have yet to find the cassette audio tapes in
his voluminous research archives still sitting in storage. My recollections, however, were stories of secret chemical and biological warfare
research, in conjunction with the military, using insects as carriers. There were funny stories too, like when an outdoor screened cage blew over
and released hundreds of thousands of house flies right in the middle of a visit by Washington dignitaries. More serious of the incidents I recall was
the time someone dropped a plutonium ball, about the size of a large gumball, which rolled down the hall right past a group of visiting school
students there on a field trip.
I wanted to take the time to share this personal information and say that I was not surprised to read this ATS post. It's all within the realm of